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Joan E. H. Harris

Senior Counsel Minneapolis

Joan E. H. Harris has over twenty years’ experience practicing on the management side of employment law. With a strong in-house counsel background, Joan brings a unique and practical approach to employment matters taking into account the importance of understanding the challenges of balancing business initiatives while providing sound legal advice. Most recently, Joan served as Senior Employment Counsel for Wells Fargo where she provided counsel to her human resources and business partners on various employment-related issues. Joan has managed complex class action and single plaintiff litigation, drafted human resources policies and procedures, and developed training programs for her human resources and business partners on various topics in employment law. 

Prior to her position with Wells Fargo, Joan worked as senior in-house counsel for Target Corporation and U.S. Bancorp where she developed her expertise in employment law and litigation management. Joan speaks on a number of employment law topics for various local and national legal seminars and also has legal teaching experience as a Business Law Professor with the University of St. Thomas.

Joan received her J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School and her undergraduate degree from Drake University.  She participates in a number of volunteer activities involving young adults, and is a member-at-large of the board for the Main Street School of Performing Arts.  Joan clerked for District Court Judge Michael J. Davis, now sitting as a Senior Judge on the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota.


Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • National Employment Law Council
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers, Inc.
  • Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers (Continuing Legal Education Board 2014-2015)
  • Main Street School of Performing Arts Board of Directors (Member-at-Large)
  • Minority Corporate Counsel Association (Faculty Advisory Board 2010 -2012)
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated

Speeches:

  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''Beer, Wine, and Spirits, Part II: Strategies for Reducing Risk When Dealing with Sensitive, Uncomfortable, and Awkward Situations with Employees'' - Stillwater - July 10, 2017
  • National Employment Law Council Annual Conference - ''Crisis Management for the Employment Practitioner'' - Chicago - April 2015
  • National Employment Law Council Annual Conference - ''Contingent Workers: Continuing Dilemma of the Non-Employee Workforce'' - Houston - April 2013
  • Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) 13th Annual Creating Pathways to Diversity Conference - ''Making the Case for Diversity'' - New York - November 01, 2012
  • Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute - ''The Role of In-House Counsel in Effective Performance Management'' - St. Paul - May 2009
  • Minority Corporate Counsel Association Annual CLE Expo - ''Employment Law Risks in a Downsizing Economy'' - Chicago - March 2009
  • Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute - ''The Role of In-House Counsel in Effective Performance Management'' - St. Paul - May 2008
  • National Employment Law Council Annual Conference - ''Impact of Blogs/Personal Websites in the Workplace/Internal Investigations'' - Atlanta - May 2008
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